EU, St Lucia sign hospital building contract
CASTRIES, St Lucia, January 28, 2009 – The works contract for a new Euro38 million (EC$133 million) General Hospital in St Lucia has been signed by the government of that Caribbean government and the European Commission (EC).
The financial assistance being provided for the construction of the 122-bed facility hospital is one of the largest grant allocations in the Caribbean ever by the EC for a single project.
When completed the New National Hospital will be the main health care facility in the country, replacing the Victoria Hospital, which has been unable to meet the country’s growing health care demands.
The government has initiated a comprehensive reform of the health sector and the improvement of the health infrastructure is being undertaken within the context of this reform.
Prime Minister Stephenson King signed the contract on behalf of his government, while Head of the European Commission Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Valeriano Diaz initialled on behalf of the Commission.